Johns Hopkins SAIS and Oxfam to host conference, "East Africa Oil and Gas: Has It Gone Bust Before the Boom?" on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

“East Africa Oil & Gas: Has It Gone Bust before the Boom?” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Recent discoveries of oil and gas across East Africa – including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique – over the last decade have catapulted the region as the new frontier for hydrocarbons. Despite a surge in investments and promises of accelerated growth and economic prosperity, oil and gas prices have stagnated and the once-promising investments suddenly seem doubtful.
The all-day conference will focus on significant political and economic changes in East Africa and its implications on oil and gas development. By bringing together representatives from government, private sector, civil society, media and the international donor community, experts will review progress achieved in the last few years and what governance challenges lay ahead. Discussions will specifically focus on:

  • Highlighting critical oil and gas governance issues affecting East Africa including oil and gas revenue management, managing expectations through commodity cycles, social and environmental impacts, public debt management, and domestic resource mobilization
  • Examining the role of the international community in influencing policy development and strengthening institutions for responsible oil and gas management in East Africa
  • Engaging academics, civil society and community leaders, the government, and private sector in a conversation to identify common challenges and solutions
  • Promoting a more informed and engaged public discourse of issues in East Africa on an international scale         

Confirmed speakers include executives and leaders from the U.S. State Department, the International Monetary Fund, the Ford Foundation, the International Finance Corporation, Chatham House, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas, Tullow Oil, and more.
Panel 1: “Money and Politics – The political economy of oil/gas in East Africa”
Panel 2: “Land for livelihoods or investments? Community rights in the context of extractives”
Panel 3: “The role of the international community in resource governance in East Africa”
The event is sponsored by Oxfam and the African Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS. For more information and the full agenda, visit Oxfam.
A live stream of the panel discussions will also be available online here.
Time and Date
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Arrangements for video coverage and camera setup require approval in advance. Members of the working press can send RSVPs and media requests to
Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
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